Are we turning kids to robotic blobs with a steady diet of mind-numbing TV and dull-inducing video games? Some UK “educationalists” think so, and the programmers at the BBC agree: emotions must be embraced! So they’ve culled a secret weapon to teach us all a lesson.
They’re already calling it the next Teletubbies: New children’s TV show, Waybuloo, aims to unlock the layers of imagination and emotional development by encouraging at-home participation in yoga exercises and hugs to find happiness, also known on the show as “buloo.”
From the BBC Press Machine:
‘Waybuloo is not just a series, it’s a philosophy for a happy life.’ It claims that the Piplings embody a range of emotions including love, wisdom, happiness and harmony and ‘personify positive emotion’ by floating.
Says Sarah Colclough, of children’s channel CBeebies:
‘In each show you learn about friendship, co-operation and citizenship. ‘The heart of the programme is about encouraging children to be happy. ‘We were looking for a concept that would bring together that elusive notion of children’s emotions. It is an extremely distinctive programme in that way.’
‘Waybuloo’ had its big small screen debut Tuesday on CBeebies. Not sure when/if US kidlets will be blessed with the “hippy’ TV treatment, but if it blows up overseas you can bet your free-lovin’ behind on syndication (or copycats). By the way, those fuzzy little muffins up top are the “Piplings,” featuring, in no particular order of importance – Lau Lau (imagination-purple), De Li (love-pink), Nok Tok (wisdom-blue) and Yo Jojo (happiness-monkey).
Through these characters, their travels and interactions with live kids on the show, lessons can be learned on how to float get in touch with your feelings.
how can you not love this little one –>
Yoga Moms and Dads, we don’t have mini yoga dorks running around, is there any yoga-like kids programming on US TV? (We can’t imagine it’s this cute.)